Odishatv Bureau

Madrid: Spain, which had reported 309 coronavirus-related deaths till Monday, saw the fatalities surge to 491 on Tuesday, reports said.

The number of confirmed cases also soared by 2,000 to 11,178, in the country, which had like many fellow European nations, closed its borders and ordered a partial lockdown.

From midnight, Spain began stopping cars from France and Portugal, allowing in only Spanish nationals, residents and cross-border workers, the BBC reported.

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Madrid remains the area with the highest number of cases - 4,871 - with Catalonia next on 1,394.

Meanwhile, authorities are cracking down as the dog-walking exception to the lockdown is reportedly being exploited as an excuse to leave home.

The government had forbidden people to leave home, except for emergencies, going to work and essential errands, like taking out pets.

This last one is being taken advantage of with people using it to take lengthy strolls, socialising in public or even take out stuffed animals.

A video shared by Spanish police union Jupol on Twitter appears to show a man walking through the street with a toy dog on a leash as a police car pulls up alongside him.

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In the tweet, Jupol warned people they could be punished if they try to deceive the police.

Meanwhile, Coronavirus-battered Italy reported 368 more coronavirus (Covid19) deaths on Sunday, a new one-day “record”.

The northern region of Lombardy – the country’s worst-affected – accounted for 252 of the fatalities, which had taken the total toll across the nation to over 1,800, the BBC reported.

After China, where the disease broke out in Wuhan city late last year, Italy is the most-affected country, followed by Iran, which reported 113 more deaths, taking the toll to 724.

Iran’s Health Ministry on Sunday informed that the death toll from the coronavirus in the country has risen by 113 to 724.

The number of infections has reached nearly 14,000, making it the third most-affected country in terms of number of cases and deaths after China and Italy, the BBC reported. Iranian officials have again urged people to stay at home and cancel all travel.


(With Agency Inputs)